“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” - Mark Twain
- The Capitol Hill Times -
Stroll down Pike Street any day of the week and you’re bound to find someone getting excited about a cup of coffee. Finding a group of people wrapped in toy guns and Lebowski ponchos while double fisting a latte and beer beneath a continuously projected loop of funny cat videos only happens once in a while. This time there was a reason.
As Coffee Fest Seattle 2012 was percolating away in the frothy Washington State Convention Center, Victrola Coffee’s Pike Street knock box was roasting a blend of local barista pairings for a steamy latte art competition to sort the crema of the local pullers from the rest of the pulp (I swear I’m done).
Saturday evening’s throw down pitted teams of two baristas against each other through three rounds of nail-biting action that involved blindfolded pouring and the aptly named “Two baristas, one cup.” The night also featured local beer, a DJ and prizes from Espresso Supply, La Marzocco, and Barista Magazine.
Team Matte&Gloss, a partnership of Brandon Weaver and Nik Virrey, won the night.